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Pierce faces up to 56 years in prison if convicted

Updated: February 28, 2005, 3:59 PM ET
Associated Press

ADEL, Iowa -- Former Iowa basketball star Pierre Pierce pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend and ransacked her home.

His trial must begin by mid-May. If convicted on all charges, Pierce could be sentenced to up to 56 years in prison and fined $9,000.

He was charged in February with two counts of burglary, assault with intent to commit sexual assault and criminal mischief. The burglary and assault charges are felonies. Fourth-degree criminal mischief ...

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